Light Installation “Museum” by Brigitte Kowanz

The installation by Austrian artist Brigitte Kowanz illuminates the word “Museum” in Hebrew script on the façade of Palais Eskeles at Dorotheergasse 11 and was created on the initiative of Danielle Spera, Director of the Jewish Museum Vienna. It is a new acquisition sponsored by the Circle of Friends of the Jewish Museum Vienna on the occasion of the museum’s reopening on 19th October, 2011.

Brigitte Kowanz, born in Vienna, has become well-known for her light installations and interventions in architecture. She studied at the University of Applied Arts Vienna from 1975 to 1980. Some of her works were already exhibited at the Biennale in Venice in 1984. Kowanz had solo exhibitions in Eindhoven, Munich, Venice, Berlin and Brussels, as well as in the MUMOK in Vienna in 2011, among others. She has held a professorship for Media Design / Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts Vienna since 1997. Brigitte Kowanz has also received the Grand Austrian State Prize for Applied Arts 2009 among other major awards. Kowanz has created a landmark with her light installation “Museum”, which literally points to the location of the Jewish Museum in Palais Eskeles at Dorotheergasse 11.      

Christian Reder has the following to say about Brigitte Kowanz and her work in his text “Light = Measure = Form = Existence”: “Situations are created in the public space -- which she works for predominantly -- through her architectural ideas, reconciling the norm with integrity or, at least, creating a subtle balance. She makes priorities visible with the help of subtle changes. Attention is focused automatically. There is never an attitude of “I show – you look”, something present in the arts as it is vis-à-vis foreign workers. Onlookers are taken seriously and this is something they are aware of.”  

We would like to thank the Circle of Friends of the Jewish Museum Vienna for making this acquisition possible!